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1552 Broadway (between 45th and 46th Streets) The I Miller Shoe Building, application to restore 46th street façade, new store front, new signage

WHEREAS, The I. Miller Shoe Building, 1552 Broadway (actually on Seventh Avenue, but having a Broadway address) and West 46th Street in Manhattan, is an individual Landmark built in 1929, designed by A. Stirling Calder, father of the artist Alexander Calder (known for his mobiles), and has four large statues on its West 46th Street facade depicting Great Ladies of the Theater (Mary Pickford, Rosa Ponselle, Ethel Barrymore and Marilyn Miller); and

WHEREAS, The owner of the building is proposing to  restore the facade of the landmark, including the restoration of  the 46th Street storefront, which is in great need of repair; and

WHEREAS, The owner is also applying for approval of additional signage for the building, including a new, large sign to be placed above the West 46th Street facade; and

WHEREAS, The owner is to be commended for the restoration and repair of the facade, but Community Board Five considers the proposed West 46th Street signage overwhelming, inappropriate and a detraction from the landmarked building; therefore be it,

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application for approval of the additional signage although any restoration work approved by LPC would be welcomed.

The above resolution recommending denial by a vote of 27 in favor; 4 opposed; 1 abstention.

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